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- They're good for you! Shh, don't tell the kids, but pumpkin seeds are packed with fiber and protein; they are also an excellent source of zinc, magnesium, manganese, iron, and monounsaturated fat.
- Historically speaking … pumpkins and their seeds were a cherished food in Native American culture, while the seeds are a distinct signature of traditional Mexican dishes.
- Pumpkins are a part of the gourd or Cucurbitaceae family, with the cantaloupe, cucumber, and squash for its closest relatives.
Buying and Storing
If you aren't up for digging them out the old-fashioned way, you can always buy pumpkin seeds at the grocery store--look for them packaged or in bulk.
Stored in an air-tight container, your pumpkin seeds will keep for 1-2 months in the refrigerator, or at room temperature for about a week.